Covent Garden is one of the most recognized and popular areas in London. One of the most prominent features of the area is the theater and street performances which take place. Despite the modern shops and cafes that are located in every corner, there is still a clear sense of what London was like 100 or 150 years ago. Street shows and rose sellers were popular then as well. It is no coincidence that the best and most successful street performances in the city are concentrated here. The actors in the compound undergo auditions and only the best are accepted.
After seeing the colorful street performances of the complex, you can look at the square of the seven dials (the whole area is called "the seven dials" - not only the square itself, but also the seven streets emerging from it). In the past, this area was very poor and in fact was one of the inferior areas of London riddled with crime. At that time, seven families could live in one building without electricity or running water. Today there are prestigious boutiques, excellent coffee shops and restaurants. However at that time, these stores sold second-hand items in completely worn condition.
Also, note the Royal Opera House located in the area. Next to it you will see four red telephone booths and a gorgeous dancer statue - a perfect picture for your next Instagram!
This genre has remained popular to this day. New lyrics were fitted to popular ballad tunes, known arias of the time, church hymns and folk songs.
The success of the project provided the capital sum enabling the establishment of the first Royal Theater which opened on December 7, 1732. During its first 100 years, the theater was used mainly for plays. Covent Garden, along with the Drury Lane Theater, were the only theaters to own exclusive rights to a drama show in London.
Handel’s operas were the first serious musical creations played at Covent Garden. From 1735 to 1759, these works maintained opera seasons regularly. Handel’s organ was bequeathed to John Rich, the same actor and theater director mentioned earlier. The organ was then placed in a prominent spot on the stage at Covent Garden. However, as a result of a fire in 1808, the organ was destroyed among many other valuable items in the theater.